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Metals & Engineering News

Belgian firm opens factory in SA

20th July 2001 Belgium company Bekaert, a world-leading independent manufacturer of steel-wire products, has opened its first factory in Africa. 

Subsidiaries merge into single entity

20th July 2001 One of South Africa’s largest engineering and construction groups Murray & Roberts, has announced the details of a substantial restructuring affecting its wholly-owned subsidiary Engineering Management Services (EMS). 

Newest steel-trading site online

20th July 2001 As of this month eSteelAlliance – a steel trading site developed and operated by e-commerce platform group eCompany – has been bringing South African buyers and sellers of steel together to trade on the Internet. 

Company steeling itself for listing on stock exchange

20th July 2001 The listing of Iscor’s two wholly-owned mining and steel companies is the culmination of the third and final stage of a comprehensive re-engineering process that has been under way since 1994. 

Steel sector still fragmented despite a globalisation drive

20th July 2001 Global steel – as a concept – has taken off during the last two years and, as a result, the world’s top steel producers have formed strategic alliances, entered into significant mergers and concluded acquisitions across international boundaries. 

SA subject to world protectionism

20th July 2001 The South African steel industry is currently subject to 14 anti-dumping and countervailing cases from all over the world. 

Steel sector to benefit from downstream investment

20th July 2001 The South African steel industry is set to benefit from investment aimed at developing downstream opportunities in the value added steel and alloy products market, also positively affecting the foundry industry and casting market. 

A drop in steel exports leads to new committee

20th July 2001 Exports of manufactured steel products as reported to the South African Iron and Steel Institute (SAISI) by downstream exporters have fallen from 673 000 t to 482 000 t in a three-year period from 1998 to 2000. 

New steel-cutting service formed

20th July 2001 A new steel cutting and folding service centre has been established on the West Rand. 

World steel sector remains under pressure

20th July 2001 The world steel industry is entering the new millennium faced with surplus capacity, continuing pressure on prices, uncertainly about energy costs, mounting environmental pressures and increasing demands from steel consumers. 

More opportunity for steel in the UK

20th July 2001 South African steel manufacturers should step up their export marketing efforts to the UK now. 

Groundwork is completed for joint venture success

20th July 2001 The joint venture initiative – Shosholoza Steel Supplies – between Barloworld and Robor is on track Engineering News can today report. 

Brewer contributes to stainless development

13th July 2001 South African brewer SAB has implemented important strategic partnering alliances over the years with key suppliers of materials, equipment and services, that have been to the mutual benefit of all parties, 

Steelmaker spending R700m to clean air and water

By: Laura Franz     13th July 2001 Over the next decade, steel producer Iscor Flat Steel Products (Iscor FSP) intends investing some R700-million in rendering its 2 300 ha Vanderbijlpark works, in Gauteng, and the surrounding environment more environment-friendly, reports GM Willem Coertzen. 

Moz becomes entrenched as a world aluminium hub

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th July 2001 Canadian company SNC and South Africa’s Engineering Management Services, contracted to implement the brownfields project to double primary aluminium production at the Mozal smelter, in Mozambique, are already on site and the new plant is expected to receive initial raw material shipments in... 


6th July 2001 Pabar specialises in metal-processing, tool-manufacturing and roll-forming, which facilitates a wide product offering, including seat recliners, body hinges, bumpers, window frames, top rails, brackets, slides, wheelbarrows, sinks and a variety of press parts, among other items. 

SA firm loses R80m Mozal 2 contract

28th June 2001 A leading South African engineering firm, Dorbyl Heavy Engineering (DHE), has reacted with anger to the news that it has lost out to a French multinational in an R80-million contract to supply steel superstructures for the second-phase expansion of the Mozal aluminium smelter in Mozambique. 

44% stainless surge into EU

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th June 2001 European Union (EU) countries last year imported 116 929 t of flat-rolled stainless-steel products from Columbus Stainless, South Africa's sole producer, representing an increase of 44% over 1999, reports MD Dave Martin. 

Permanent growth revolution for Gauteng metal-presser

22nd June 2001 Local metal-pressing and roll-forming company Pabar, of Krugersdorp, Gauteng, has grown from strength to strength since its establishment in 1965, says director Mike Barbaglia. 

Firm completes roof structure for Turkey

22nd June 2001 Local aluminium manufacturer Alpull has supplied the first, of what it hopes will be many, Apliform roofing structures to Turkey. 

New aluminium tool for telecoms fleet

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The Telkom contract, which was awarded last year to debis Fleet Management, has resulted in the development of new aluminium technology set to yield significant benefits within the fleet management industry. 

Aluminium standing tall in architecture

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The production of curtain walls for large-scale modern construction is taking off in South Africa, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa marketing manager Henning Viljoen. 

Smelter expansion rearing to go

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 The proposed expansion of the Mozambique aluminium smelter Mozal still has the green-light, despite delays on final approval decisions from the shareholders, says manager of Mozambique affairs Peter Cowie. 

Aluminium outdoor kits are developed

22nd June 2001 Aluminium producers Frank Lane Engineering of Johannesburg, Gauteng has developed a range of Rugged outdoor kits, utilising aluminium and steel to design and manufacture kits for camping, caravaning, fishing and the four by four fraternity. 

Aluminium gives sports roadster more pizzazz

22nd June 2001 An aluminium component used in the rear suspension of the Ford GT40 sports car replica for export to the US, has made a significant contribution to the handling of the road model of the vehicle according to Owen Ashley, MD of the Cape Town based manufacturers Cape Advanced Vehicles (CAV). 

New production system developed

22nd June 2001 Cape Town based aluminium and glass design and manufacturer Aluplan Architectural Aluminium has developed the ISO 100 system of 20-25 extrusion dies for a variety of applications. 

Aluminium cladding for airport hotel 

22nd June 2001 South African aluminium producer Hulett Aluminium Fabricated Products (Hulafab), a division of Hulett Aluminium in Maritzburg, supplied approximately 3 500 m of Hula-Bond composite cladding panels in a champagne finish for the new Airport Sun Inter-Continental Hotel in Johannesburg. 

'Magic' metal used since ancient times

22nd June 2001 While aluminium was only discovered some 160 years ago, and has been produced in industrial quantities for only the last 100 years, aluminium-bearing compounds have been used by man from the earliest times, reports the UK Aluminium Federation. 

Aluminium no longer a stand-alone metal

22nd June 2001 Aluminium industry members must quickly adapt to new realities if they hope to transform from an industry that has historically destroyed economic value to one that consistently maximises the creation of economic value, warns global aluminium producer Alcan executive vice president Richard Evans. 

Asset-management system for smelters

22nd June 2001 Iceland company Altech of Reykjavik has a state-of-the-art asset management and maintenance system already in service with Nordic Aluminium. 

SA has an open door to global products

22nd June 2001 South African firm Alutrade are the sole agents of Alusuisse (members of the Alcan Group) in Southern Africa. 

Much export potential for SA's aluminium products

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 Southern Africa has the ability to convert more of its primary aluminium into value-added product through a sophisticated value chain, says Hulett Aluminium MD Peter Staude. 

Smelter project team wins excellence award

By: Joanne Delaurentis     22nd June 2001 Project implementer SNC-Lavalin EMS has been awarded the project management excellence award 2001 awarded by the Project Management Institute of South Africa (PMISA) for its submission of the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. 

Smelter project team wins excellence award

22nd June 2001 Project implementer SNC-Lavalin EMS has been awarded the project management excellence award 2001 awarded by the Project Management Institute of South Africa (PMISA) for its submission of the Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. 

Long-term refractory contract awarded

22nd June 2001 Kwazulu-Natal firm Dickinson Refractory Services, a division of the Dickinson group, has been awarded the long-term site-wide refractory service contract at the Hillside aluminium smelter. 

Remote controls for US smelter

22nd June 2001 Washington aluminium smelter the Intalco Alcoa Works has relied on Cattron EZ Controllers for remote control operations of its cranes. 

Aluminium an indispensable metal

22nd June 2001 Aerrplanes, cars, cookware, even construction. Aluminium forms an integral part of modern living. 


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